A German teenager has joined a banned organization now held in Iraq and says she regrets joining the organization and wants only to return to her family in her country, media reports said.
According to Der Spiegel, four German women have joined the state in recent years, including a 16-year-old girl from the small town of Poulnits near the eastern German city of Dresden. She is being held in an Iraqi prison and receiving consular assistance.
Lorenz Hazeh, a prosecutor in the city of Dresden, confirmed that the teenager, named Linda, “was identified and identified in Iraq,” but declined to talk about her specific status.
Editors from NDR, VDR and the German newspaper Zewdeutsche Zeitung said they had interviewed the girl at a dispensary at a military complex in Baghdad and told them she wanted to leave.
“All I want is to get away from here,” the media quoted her as saying. “I want to get away from the war, the many weapons and the noise … I just want to go back to my house … to my family.”
They added that the teenager told them that she regretted joining the organization and called for her extradition to Germany and that she would cooperate with the authorities.
They said the girl was shot in the left thigh and had another injury to her right knee that she said she was hit in a helicopter attack. “I’m in good shape,” she said.
German prosecutors said on Tuesday they were investigating reports of a 16-year-old girl charged with supporting state organization, among five women arrested in the Iraqi city of Mosul, where Iraq declared victory over militant organization this month.
German authorities are investigating the disappearance of a teenager from Polsnitz last summer on suspicion of being in contact with the state organization to prepare for a possible terrorist attack.
Hazeh said on Tuesday that the girl had traveled to Turkey a year ago with the apparent aim of reaching Iraq or Syria, but security officials later lost track.